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MARRYING THE MUNI AND NBP EMS PROGRAMS

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Abstract:

In recent years there have been several efforts started that seek to assist public agencies in developing environmental management systems (EMS). The US EPA and the Global Technology & Environment Foundation (GETF) have established the EMS Initiative for Public Entities (MUNI) for public agencies that have environmental aspects to their operations. To date, twenty-three public agencies have completed the program and another nine agencies are currently enrolled in the third round of the program (MUNI III).

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP), a joint partnership of WEF, AMSA, and the US EPA, has established the NBP EMS program for wastewater facilities that handle biosolids. There are currently forty-nine agencies enrolled in this program. There is a great similarity between these two programs, especially for wastewater treatment facilities.

Kent County, DE Department of Public Works is a participant in the MUNI III for its wastewater treatment plant, including its biosolids treatment portion. A unique aspect of this program is that a private contractor, K-F Environmental Technologies, treats Kent County's biosolids. It then turns the treated biosolids back to the County, where it is land applied as a Class A biosolids. K-F is also a participant in the MUNI III program. Kent County has recently decided to seek NBP participation for its biosolids operation.

This paper will look at the similarities between the MUNI and NBP programs with respect to the development of an EMS. There are many elements that are common to both programs and the timeframes for completion of the process are very similar. It will discuss any differences between the two programs and how to reconcile those differences. It will finally discuss how meeting the requirements of one will result in meeting the requirements of the other. It will discuss how the EMS developed under the MUNI III program will essentially meet the NBP program requirements, and how the program will be validated using the NBP third party verification process.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864704784343199

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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